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Early Childhood Education Reporter
Mariana Dale covers early childhood education for KPCC. She'd previously reported for KJZZ, the public radio station in Phoenix since 2016, where she most recently focused on education.
While at KJZZ, Mariana helped found the engagement reporting project, Q&AZ which led her to answer questions about everything from the history of Japanese internment to saguaro cacti.
Mariana has a strong belief in the power of engaged journalism.
“Connecting with the community at every step makes for better journalism," she said. "I’m excited about the opportunity to focus my attention on a beat that has the potential to improve the lives of Southern California families and caregivers.”
Mariana was born and raised in Arizona and has worked at papers and radio stations in Tucson and Phoenix. She’s also a member of the Next Generation Radio family, and loves “talking about media with the youths!”
Stories by Mariana Dale
Share your birth story, get to know your pelvic floor and meet some doulas– just a few of the options during Black Maternal Health Week 2021.
Today Is The First Day Back At School For Some Of LAUSD's Youngest Students. Here's What We're Seeing
Preschoolers, kindergarteners and first graders are back in the physical classroom for the first time after over a year of distanced at-home learning at 61 LAUSD elementary schools and 11 early education centers.
Here’s how one LAUSD early education teacher puts it: “We are still going to have fun, but in a different way.”
Full-time district employees are eligible for a $500-a-month payment for each child 5-years-old and younger in a child care program.
About 100,000 L.A. County child care providers have been eligible for the vaccine for weeks, but getting an appointment can be a challenge and some are undecided about whether to get a shot at all.
California Child Care Spaces Have Been Disappearing For Years. The Pandemic Is Making It Even Harder To Survive
More than 3,000 California child care providers have permanently shut down during the pandemic, but that’s not the only thing we have to worry about.
Child care providers are next on the list in Los Angeles County, Orange County and Pasadena. But there’s still a lot of uncertainty about procedures.
Kindred Space LA is part of an effort to reverse decades of health disparities for women of color at their new community funded birthing center.
Kids who don’t have all the words to express their frustrations tend to act out instead. If you’re a parent or caregiver of a kid 5 and under, we want to hear about your experiences.
Parents, caregivers and teachers of young children can call 213-443-0165 to get help navigating virtual learning, tantrums, anxiety and whatever else is on their mind.
California Budget Proposal Expands Transitional Kindergarten, But Does Little To Support Child Care Industry In Crisis
One proposal: tap cannabis tax revenue to fund child-care vouchers for low-income families.
Confusion, unrest, fear, uncertainty… It’s a lot, so we reached out to LA-based therapist for tips on how to make sense of a senseless event.
California funneled most of the money from the first coronavirus stimulus bill into subsidies for providers, vouchers for child care and waiving fees for low-income families.
Thousands Of California Child Care Providers Have Closed. A New Child Care Union Aims To Save The Rest
It took two decades for the union to organize -- and now it has to save its members from the ravages of the pandemic.
Only a small fraction of daycares have had outbreaks, but even one confirmed case can close a classroom or family child care home for weeks.